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Pope Francis Announces Consistory for Vote on Canonizations

Tomorrow, May 3, the cardinals will vote on proceeding with the canonizations of seven Blesseds.

Pope Francis has called an Ordinary Public Consistory for a vote on several causes for canonization. It will take place tomorrow, May 3, at 10 a.m. Rome time.

The Consistory will be held in the Consistory Hall in the Apostolic Palace. Pope Francis will first preside at the celebration of Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer), with the Consistory following immediately.

Cardinals who are residents in Rome, or present in the City, are invited to take part, in accordance with pandemic measures. (Read: These Pixar Versions of Catholic Saints Are So Adorable!)

Vote on Canonizations

(Left to right) Blessed Charles de Foucauld, Blessed César de Bus, Blessed Maria Francesca di Gesù, and Blessed Maria Domenica Mantovani (Photos from The Church Times, Franciscan Media, and Ordo Fratrum Minorum)

During the Consistory, the Cardinals will consider the causes for the canonization of seven Blesseds. (Read: 4 Female Saints Who Are Warriors in Spirit)

The list includes Blessed Charles de Foucauld, the French missionary who was killed in Algeria in 1916, and Blessed Lazarus, the 18th-century Hindu married man who converted to Catholicism. The latter is the first layman in India to be elevated to the rank of Blessed.

The other Blesseds whose causes are being considered are the following:

  • Blessed César de Bus, priest and founder of the Fathers of Christian Doctrine (Doctrinarians);
  • Blessed Luigi Maria Palazzolo, priest, founder of the Sisters of the Poor, also known as the Palazzolo Institute;
  • Blessed Giustino Maria Russolillo, priest, founder of the Society of Divine Vocations (Vocationists) in 1919 which encouraged and supported those discerning a call to the priesthood and religious life;
  • Blessed Maria Francesca di Gesù, founder of the Order of the Capuchin Sisters of Mother Rubatto;
  • Blessed Maria Domenica Mantovani, cofounder and first Superior General of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family.


Text by Vatican News staff writer.

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